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February 17, 1980 Wise Blood, directed and starring John Huston based on a novel by Flannery O'Connor is released
  Flannery O'Connor
March 4, 1980 12-year old Angel Lenair doesn't come home as expected. Her body is discovered on March 10. She may have been assaulted.
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 11, 1980 10-year old Jeffrey Mathis disappears. By the time his body is found 11 months later it is impossible to determine the cause of death
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 11, 1980 Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic Presidential Primary in Georgia; Ronald Reagan wins the Republican Primary
March 15, 1980 U. S. S. Carl Vinson is dedicated
  Carl Vinson, Father of the Two Ocean Navy
April 5, 1980 In what Entertainment Weekly called one of the top 100 rock events of all time, the Athens, Georgia based band R.E.M. makes its first appearance
May 18, 1980 Eric Middlebrooks vanishes. His body is found the next day.
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 21, 1980 Jimmy Carter declares environmental state of emergency and orders the evacuation of residents of the Love Canal
  Jimmy Carter
May 29, 1980 Vernon Jordan is shot by racist Joseph Paul Franklin.
  Vernon Jordan
June 1, 1980 President Jimmy Carter visits Vernon Jordan in Fort Wayne, Indiana as Jordan is recovering from an attempted assassination.
  Jimmy Carter
  Vernon Jordan
June 1, 1980 Ted Turner briefly introduces CNN (Cable News Network) from Atlanta. David Walker and Lois Hart then begin the first show.
June 9, 1980 Chris Richardson, 12, is missing, never returning after a trip to a nearby swimming pool.
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 22, 1980 Latonya Wilson is taken from her home. She is the second girl missing.
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 23, 1980 Aaron Wyche, 10, is added to the list of Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
July 5, 1980 Jimmy Carter takes reporters on a walking tour of Plains, Georgia
July 6, 1980 Anthony Carter, 9, vanishes while playing near his home. His body is recovered the next day, dead from multiple knife wounds.
  Atlanta Child Murders
July 9, 1980 Schoolteacher William Hodges, 49, is killed at Truckstops of America in Valdosta
  A killer pays the price
July 10, 1980 David and Katie Hardin are murdered at a south Georgia rest stop on I-75 near Lenox
  A killer pays the price
July 13, 1980 Highest temperature ever recorded in Atlanta (105 degrees) and Macon (108 degrees)
  City of Macon, Georgia
July 26, 1980 MARTA's fare increases to $.50
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
July 28, 1980 Carl Issacs plans to escape, along with four other inmates. He is moved to a new "Death Row," foiling his attempt, but 4 other men succeed. Three are recaptured 4 days later in North Carolina, the fourth dead at the hands of his fellow escapees
  Alday family murders
August 14, 1980 Atlanta Police form a task force to investigate and analyze the evidence in the string of child murders that has occurred in the city
  Atlanta Child Murders
August 20, 1980 Clifford Jones, 13, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
September 14, 1980 Darren Glass, 11, is missing. His body is never found.
  Atlanta Child Murders
September 20, 1980 New Hartsfield Airport is opened to air traffic
September 21, 1980 Presidential candidates Ronald Reagan (Republican) and John Anderson (Independent) square off in a debate without President Jimmy Carter
  Jimmy Carter
October 2, 1980 First Mom Lillian Carter falls and breaks her hip
October 9, 1980 Charles Stephens, 12, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
October 10, 1980 The Martin Luther King National Historic Site is created by the National Park System
  Martin Luther King
October 28, 1980 Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican nominee Ronald Reagan square off in a televised debate.
  Jimmy Carter
November 1, 1980 Aaron Jackson, 9, reported missing. His body is found the following day, dead from asphyxiation
  Atlanta Child Murders
November 4, 1980 Ronald Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter to become President of the United States. Mack Mattingly defeats Senator Herman Talmadge to become the first Republican U. S. Senator since Reconstruction
  Jimmy Carter
November 6, 1980 The Attorney General directs the FBI to join the investigation of missing and murdered children in the Atlanta, Georgia area.
  Atlanta Child Murders
November 6, 1980 FBI asked to join manhunt for man killing children and young adults in Atlanta
November 6, 1980 Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge requests a recount in the U. S. Senate race
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